Chinese researchers have developed a paper-based device that can be used as artificial synapses, able to successfully mimic synaptic stimulation response and short-term synaptic plasticity. This innovation could lead to breakthroughs in robotics and computer processing, Institute of Physics reported Feb. 13. Described as a thin-film transistor, the device works by imitating the junction between two neurons, which in the human brain pass messages via chemical and electrical signals.
Winter woes stemming from a massive storm in February are going to result in a mountain of wood chips for one Georgia city-county. In Augusta, more than 100,000 cubic yards of gigantic branches, limbs, and chunks of tree trunks (plus literal tons more which still need to be collected) will be ground into wood chips by contractors in the upcoming weeks, creating hills of chips instead of mountains of debris.
University of Connecticut scientist Mark Rudnicki has been researching something that seems very basic: why do trees fall down? Data about what kind of trees fall during storms – infected vs healthy, isolated or in a group, young or old – is apparently lacking, which is big considering that about 80-90 percent of power outages are caused by trees that failed.
We are excited to welcome new Alabama State Forester Greg Pate, who was sworn in by Governor Robert Bentley on February 18, 2014. He brings with him over 30 years of professional forestry experience to the Alabama Forestry Commission, including 25 years in state government and the remainder in the private sector.
The University of Connecticut is conducting research to find ways to protect power lines during major storms. The group has monitored this site in a nearby forest for more than a year as part of its efforts to learn how managing the deeper section of roadside forests could reduce outages from major storms.
The Forest Research Advisory Council (FRAC) is a statutory committee established to provide advice to the Secretary of Agriculture on accomplishing the puposes of the McIntire Stennis Act of 1962. This act was created primarily to establish and maintain forestry research programs, creating a joint council between the Forest Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
The relationship between military installations and forest conservation continues to expand as the 2014 Farm Bill (recently passed by Congress) emphasizes the important relationship between military installations and private forestlands, requiring State-wide Assessments and Strategies (Forest Action Plans) to coordinate with appropriate military sites in their development process.
The search for more energy-efficient vehicles has led to a revitalization of old ideas: Finnish papermaker UPM-Kymmene Oyj (UPM1V) will show a street-legal wooden car prototype at the Geneva motor show in March. The frame is built using tree pulp and plywood, and the car itself runs on fuel made from bark, stumps and branches.
A recent study by the Forest Service finds that although the density of hemlock trees appears to be increasing over time, this growth may be reaching its “tipping point” as the benefits of reforestation and succession are overwhelmed by the negative impacts of hemlock wooly adelgid.
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